Van Young will present his view of the beginning of the civil war to
Big Walnut Area Historical Society at 7:00 on Monday, March 15,
The First Battle of Fort Sumter began on April
12, 1861, when Confederate artillery fired on the Union garrison.
These were the first shots of the war and continued all day, watched
by many civilians in a celebratory spirit. The fort had been cut off
from its supply line and surrendered the next day. The
talk describes the
events and decisions Lincoln and other had to
make during the most desperate of days.
After the War of 1812, a series of fortifications were designed to
protect the eastern coast of United States from naval attack. Named
for General Thomas Sumter, a hero of the American Revolution, this
fort was built on an artificial island constructed in
the channel on70,000 tons of granite brought in from New
England. The five sided brick fort was not finished.
Young, who collects little know historical facts of the Civil War,
will share the events leading to the battle and the results of it.
Young was born and raised in Ohio and has been a resident of
Columbus for the last 40 years. When he retired from AT&T in 2012,
he made one of his retirement goals to spend time studying about the
Civil War. While he enjoys presenting a variety of American history
subjects, he is very enamored with the Civil War.
A Zoom link will be emailed to all who get this newsletter via email
a week before the program and a reminder the evening before the
program. If you get a paper copy but have access to Zoom programs
via computer or smart phone, contact Polly Horn at info@BigWalnutHistory.org
so you can receive the Zoom link.
Many thanks to Roger Roberts who finds and secures our speaker